Prolife Victories

Fewer Pro-Choice Voters

U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Sept. 24 — The 40 million people who have been killed since abortion was legalized in 1973 would likely have espoused the values of their parents and voted in a similar manner, reports Cathy Cleaver Ruse in the weekly “Life Issues Forum” that appears on the U.S. bishops' website.

Ruse bases her assessment on the analysis of Wall Street Journal reporter James Taranto, who estimates that the 2000 presidential election saw a shortfall of 13 million voters as a result of abortion, and that there will be 19 million “missing voters” this November.

As to how they would have voted, Ruse said “children tend to absorb the values of their parents, including their political views, and tend to develop the same lifestyle as their family.”

Strength in Solidarity

THE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC, Sept. 20 — One of the many ways Catholics are helping to check the high rate of crime and gang activity in Detroit is through a program called “Character Matters,” which helps children reach other kids with the message of Christian hope.

The Saturday program, which encourages good relationships, self-discipline and positive attitudes, invites youngsters ages 11 to 17 to support each other as they face pressures and fears associated with drugs, violence and the lure of life in a gang.

“We create a bond, and they get to talk about it,” said DeBorah Jones, youth director at Annunciation-Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. “And then they know they're not by themselves.”

Shout It from the Billboard, Sept. 24 — The group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays has sponsored a billboard advertisement with the message “Ex-Gays Prove That Change Is Possible.” It adds, “Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays Seeking Tolerance for All.”

“Homosexual activists seek total acceptance and tolerance for their decisions, but they openly discriminate against ex-gays' decisions to leave homosexuality,” said Regina Griggs, the group's executive director.

She said the billboard was erected on Interstate 64 near Richmond, Va., “so that people will know … that you don't have to be homosexual.”

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.